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Te c hno lo g y R e v i ew By Chris and Kathi Morrison The AXYZ Trident In one machine, add both a finisher and CNC router to your shop. Chris and Kathi Morrison own and operate The Image Specialists, a full-service graphics company based in Clements, CA. Chris is also a Microsoftcertified systems engineer. Key Information AXYZ Intl. 5330 South Service Rd. Burlington, Ontario, Canada (800) 361-3408 Contact: Greg Jenkins, VP, Sales (905) 320-9729 I f your shop owns a UV-cure flatbed printer, then the next logical equipment purchase might (should?) be a finishing machine, because such devices are among the most versatile machines a flatbed-printer shop can own. However, some confusion may exist when you begin to research such a purchase because you'll soon discover that some devices only finish flat-printed work, while others may comprise router components - and still others may have a router head on a finishing device. Numerous available finishers offer spindle-type cutting heads, in addition to knife tools, to be used on a limited basis for traditional CNC work. However, such multi-task machines may not accommodate thicker media and the spindles may be inadequate for typical signshop routing demands. An alternative is both a CNC router and a finisher, if you have deep pockets and available floor space - or you could choose from AXYZ's Trident Series machines that combine the advantages a CNC router and a finisher. AXYZ offers the Trident in three models: the 60-in.-wide 4000 series with a minimum table length of 48-in., or the 72-in.-wide 5000 and 85-in.-wide 6000 models, both with a minimum table length of 120 in. All other specifications are identical, regardless of the model. At first glance, the Trident looks like a CNC router with a small footprint, but the machines feature Specifications: AXYZ Trident Series routing and finishing machines Additional Length Options Up to 552-in. in 24-in. increments Gantry Clearance/Z stroke 6in. Drive System X, Y - helical rack and pinion; servomotors on all axes Power 208-230V, 3-phase; 440-460V, 3-phase 38 SIGNS OF THE TIMES August 2016 a robust table build, a 6-in.-high gantry system and a three-head cutting system that comprises a router-spindle (for cutting aluminum, acrylic and similar media) that is mounted alongside oscillating and tangential knife systems that can handle both thin and thick printed media: paper, vinyl, Foamboard™, Coroplast™, styrene and rubber, up to 4.75 in. thick. The machines' all-servo motor systems also allow a standard positioning speed of 1,000 in./min. with an option for 2,000 in./min.; and spindle choices that range from 3-10 HP. The Trident series also features a smart-zone vacuum table that senses where the tool movement will occur and activates vacuum in that area; an automatic toollength sensor that maintains accurate cut depths; and the AXYZ SmartConsole that provides realtime status and operator menus. Options include a quick-release spindle that functions with the also-optional automatic tool changer; the AXYZ Vision System for accurate cutouts; and, a pneumatic pin-registration system that ensures accurate and repeatable media placement. From our view, AXYZ is providing a great answer for adding both a finisher and CNC router functionality to your shop, but talk to the company first, to discuss your types of work and suitable options. ■

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - August 2016

Signs of the Times - August 2016
ST Update
Technology Update
Why You Should Invest in a Color-Management Device
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Electric
LED Update
Software Update
Technology Review - Epson SureColor S80600
Technology Review - The AXYZ Trident
Shop Ops
Sign Museum News
New Products
Digging Deep
Writing on the Wall
Dostoevsky and the Crane Truck
Penn State Study Assesses Font Legibility
A Crossroads Celebration
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - August 2016